This Watermelon Salad with Jalapeño and Lime Hits the Juicy-Spicy-Sweet Trifecta

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This watermelon salad represents everything I want to eat once the outdoor temperatures start to rise in the summer. The cold, juicy watermelon is so refreshing, but the spice from the jalapeños and a little touch of salt keep the sweetness from feeling sticky. A bright splash of acid comes in from the limes, some cooling green herbs add color and flavor, and a little toss of sesame seeds adds unexpected texture. This salad is a great with Thai basil, but feel free to snip a few leaves of any variety you have growing in your garden, or even swap in mint if you prefer.


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Watermelon Salad with Jalapeño and Lime



  • 3 Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. olive or avocado oil
  • 1/8 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced, seeded to taste
  • 1/4 cup basil or Thai basil chiffonade
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


1. Whisk together lime juice, oil and lime zest. Set aside.

2. Place watermelon cubes in single layer in large shallow dish. Pour lime juice mixture over watermelon, and gently toss to combine. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Place 5 jalapeño rings each in 4 shallow serving bowls. Mound 1/2 cup watermelon in center of each bowl. Divide marinade among bowls. Sprinkle with basil, sesame seeds and salt, and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 90
  • Carbohydrate Content 7 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 0.5 g
  • Protein Content 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 201 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g